Rigathi to hold office in Ruto’s 3-Day tour to UK and USA

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua taking an oath of office during the inaugural ceremony on Tuesday,September 13 at Moi International Stadium, Kasarani.

Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, will assume the office of President amid President William Ruto’s 3-day trip to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Together with other world leaders, the head of state will attend the burial ceremony of the late Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom (UK).

Her Royal Majesty will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel within St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday, September 19 beginning at 11 am British local time.

Later, President William Ruto will pay a visit to the United States of America where he is scheduled to hold a series of meetings with other States leaders.

Read also; Ruto sends Speaker of the Senate Amason Jeffah Kingi to Angola for the Swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Joao Lourenco.

Following the Constitutional laws under Chapter 9 of the Kenyan Constitution, Subject to Article 134; when the President is absent or is temporarily incapacitated, and during any other period that the President decides, the Deputy President shall act as the President.

President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua.
President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua in Naivasha, Nakuru Count. Source: Twitter/William Ruto

In that regard, the deputy president, Rigathi Gachagua, shall hold the office in the capacity of the president in absentia.

As a result, Kenyans have reacted to the perception that Gachagua will lead in an impolite manner since he is known to be an intransigent leader.

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Some said the Country is safe in Rigathi’s hands while some opined there will be a lot of pressure under him.

Here are some of the Kenyan reactions to Rigathi Gachagua:

Sam Mbugua Kabui said: “The country is on the safe hand of Riggy G.”

Goa Goa said: “And Gachagua will be the president for the day, Ile movie itafanyika huku (there will be drama)”

Ken Kamau opined: “Kenya will be in safe hands, Riggy G is God fearing and doesn’t drink alcohol.”

President Ruto’s UK foreign visit is serving as his first official visit since being sworn in as the fifth president of the Republic of Kenya.

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